June 25, 2017

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42 Stellar Titles | June 2017

M.T. Anderson presents sci-fi with hard-hitting social commentary; Martha Brockenbrough profiles Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father who’s having a moment; and Lian Tanner concludes her compelling “Icebreaker” trilogy.

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32 Stellar Titles | May 2017

Andrea Cheng’s lovely sequel to The Year of the Book, the skinny on our canine companions, Rita Williams-Garcia’s newest work of middle grade fiction.

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37 Superb New Titles | April 2017

This month’s stars include a compilation of picture book authors and illustrators answering the question “What’s your favorite color?” a graphic novel biography of Mama Cass, and the first book in a new series about a steampunk-inspired alternate history of New York City from Laura Ruby.

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38 Stellar New Titles | March 2017

This month’s stars include Scott Westerfeld’s graphic novel debut, a new title from Frances Hardinge, and poetry by Kwame Alexander.

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Morning Notes: Not My Job Edition

MO PRO The New Yorker ran a profile of Mo Willems. It’s really one of the best pieces I’ve seen on a children’s book creator in a while. Consider it must-read. Click here to get going. NOT HIS JOB You ever listen to the NPR gameshow Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me? Daniel Handler recently appeared […]

To Recap: The Top 10 Posts of 2016

Just for fun, here are the 10 most popular posts of the year all together in one place: #10. The Geisel Award Infographic #9. Gallery: The Art of the Picture Book Barcode 2016 #8. The Most Annoying Board Book Ever #7. Top 10 Circulated Fiction Books 2016 #6. The ‘What Are Kids Checking Out?’ List #5. Everything You Need to Know […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 5-1

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 5. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson [Walden Pond Press | Grades 4-7] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it’s the sadhappiest book of 2016. 4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds [Simon & Schuster | Grades 5-9] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 10-6

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 10. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems [Disney-Hyperion | Grades K-2] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it ended on a high note. 9. It Is Not Time for Sleeping by Lisa Graff, illustrated by Lauren Castillo [Clarion Books | PreK-1] Click here for additional resources […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 15-11

#20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 15. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean -Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe [Little, Brown | Grades 2-5] Click here for additional resources from Watch. Connect. Read. Because it shows the artist as a child but doesn’t sugarcoat. 14. Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen [Balzer + Bray […]

Top 20 Books of 2016: 20-16

  #20-16 | #15-11 | #10-6 | #5-1 After a year on the shelf, the Top 20 Books list is back with a vengeance. John Schumacher and I Google Doc’ed like madmen to bring you our favorite books of 2016 for grades K-6. We’ll blab (briefly) about the books here, but be sure to visit Watch. Connect. Read. […]

Top 10 DVDs | 2016

Kent Turner, SLJ’s DVD editor, hand-picked these top-shelf productions that offer educational—as well as entertainment—value.

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Top 10 Apps | 2016

Daryl Grabarek, SLJ’s resident app guru, curates a stellar list of the best educational and story apps produced in the past year.

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Top 10 Tech | 2016

Our picks highlight leading tech trends, with an eye toward the future.

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2016 Children’s Lit: The Year in Miscellanea

It’s time to take a look back at the year that was in children’s lit miscellanea. (Read previous Year in Miscellanea Posts: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Best Appearance of Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri in a Picture Book: Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco A complete win for the chef. Not only does he show up toward the end […]

Top 10 Latinx | 2016

Libro por libro contributors Lucia Acosta, Ruth Quiroa, and Tim Wadham select superlative titles about the Latinx experience.

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Top 10 Music | 2016

Must-have albums from 2016, destined to get toes tapping, selected by ClefNotes columnist, Veronica DeFazio.

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TOP 10 Audiobooks | 2016

These 10 titles represent excellent storytelling with exceptional narration and production values.

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Top 10 Graphic Novels | 2016

The “Good Comics for Kids” bloggers present their picks for the best graphic novels published in 2016.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2016

Nineteen excellent adult books perfect for teen readers, selected by the Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers.

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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | May 2016

From Antoinette Portis’s latest hilarious picture book to the sequel to Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn, SLJ’s May 2016 stars are must-have titles for children’s and YA collections.

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